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AP showed great courage, but wasn't enough to win...The season is getting hot, those colts and older horses could get the right shape to fight the upcoming big races...HC; KI, LM, FROASTED and many other; AP's connections must to enter BCC expecting unmeasurable challenging
Here's the article: Gleneagles, the dual Guineas winner who has missed both the Sussex Stakes and Juddmonte International in the past month, and did not take up an entry in the Prix Jacques Le Marois due to unsuitably rain-softened ground, will be aimed at a possible start in the Breeders Cup Classic. The son of dual Derby winner Galileo is entered in the Irish Champion Stakes next week for which he is an 11-4 chance, and should the going at Leopardstown prove suitable he will still run there. "Given suitable ground, Gleneagles will run in the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday week and, failing that, he will be aimed at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October,” Aidan O’Brien said."His end-of-season target is the Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland where he may face American Pharoah." O’Brien’s comments increase the possibility that American Pharoah will not participate in the ten-furlong dirt event, following his defeat in the Travers Stakes to Keen Ice on Saturday. Gleneagles has yet to race over further than a mile in nine starts, although there are reasons to believe beyond the faith placed in him by O’Brien that he will stay the distance and act on the alien surface. Gleaneagles’ dam, You’resothrilling, is out of top US sire Storm Cat and is a full sister to Giants Causeway, who famously went down narrowly in an epic encounter with Tiznow in the 2000 event at Churchill Downs. Article on http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/37506/gleneagles-aimed-at-breeders-cup
AP/Curlin So, I was thinking about Curlin's career yesterday after I heard that AP may not race in the Breeders. To sum it up, Curlin was obviously unraced as a 2 year old and was extremely green in both the Derby and Preakness. 3rd in Derby and although thrilling, an awkward ride and win in the Preakness running down a great horse in Street Sense and tying the Preakness record in a distance that probably didn't suit him. Goes to Belmont and loses to a well rested horse by a neck in another thrilling stretch run. Goes to Monmouth and throws out a dud finishing 3rd. The next month his handlers push him by putting Curlin up against the best horse in the world, at the time, Lawyer Ron who was simply a beast. Notice that Curlin was willing to challenge the 4 year olds after grueling battles against an exceptionally strong Street Sense and Hard Spun. He runs down Lawyer Ron in the stretch in an unreal race. The next month he runs what I've called a perfect race and defeats a very, very strong field by 4.5 lengths running a 2.01 in the slop. Horse of the year in 2007. Curlin goes on to win a few more Grade 1s as a 4 year old and wins HOTY AGAIN. It just makes me laugh how AP is being wussified by his handlers. Here is this "all time" great in AP and there is discussion of shutting him down? I get the reason-money-but lets see him challenge the 4 year olds next month at the Jockey Club and then go to the Breeders-and win both-AND then do it all over again next year and repeat as HOTY. If AP's career ended today-is someone really willing to argue his career was better than Curlin's. ???
Loving the consistency of these works... another 5F at Keeneland on the main track in a flat minute finishing 2/8.
Flintshire earned a 112 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory yesterday in the G1 Sword Dancer, the highest North American turf Beyer number at 1 mile or over since 2008.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Wow, kind of surprising to see Beyer go so large on a turf performance. He usually only goes large on the big performances from the conventional dirt horses. I'm curious though, I've wondered this for a long time, what formula do you use for conversion to convert a 112 Beyer over to what Timeform's # would be if this performance had been in Europe? · 14 hours ago
How many subpar races does she have to run since last years Haskell before the normal handicapper realizes and assmussen, see that she is far from what she was last year. She is now a grade 2 horse at best.she, like the rat Bayern who has half of his races otb should also be retired as they're an embarrassment. Stop charging Maria showed the track was bias Saturday. She's a monster over the track and unless she has a reason she proved the lead or just off wasn't cutting it Saturday
BREAKING NEWS: Aidan O'Brien told Pressassociation.com that Gleneagles is being targeted for the Breeders Cup Classic at the end of the season. Not confirmed, but when the story comes up, I'll share.
Going forward to the rest of the year and next year, Frosted will be a very interesting enigma. His racing styled changed completely, from closing style to speed horse style. Next year he may win a lot if not all the 1 mile races if he trained for it. Looking at what he did the middle 4 furlongs in the Travers, he went 4f in 46 and change (the speed could have been a lot faster maybe even sub 45 if Espinoza and Lezcano didn't bump boots with each other for over half a mile). Carrying that kind of Travers speed (the middle split) for over the last 4f of a 1 mile race will win a lot of races.
Second in an allowance yesterday at Saratoga
Thrilled isn't running here. Still an amazing field . 1st - RACHEL ' S VALENTINA 2nd - Island Saint 3rd - Simple Surprise 4th - Tonasah 5th - Just Wicked 6th - Tap To It 7th - Gomo 8th - Big Thrill 9th - Delicate Lady 10th - Land Over Sea 11th - Backwood Bay
ANY NEWS????
Stakes winner Donworth will be offered at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. He will go through the sale as a racing or stallion prospect. According to DRF
2015 Kentucky Oaks runner up Shook Up will be offered at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, Three Chimneys Farm will consign, she will go through the sale as a racing or broodmare prospect. According to the Lexington Herald.
Although I know very little about jump racing, I will pay respect when its due. The 11 year old gelding Hurricane Fly, winner of 21 Grade 1 hurdle races (that's not a typo), was retired from racing today. Montjeu really knew how to produce stamina and durability.
hate to say it but I agree would of liked him the runin the jockey club but I say ewst him up for the big dance and enjoy all those wonderfull mares sounds like a good life to me!!!! he won the t.c. and the Haskell and he will be fresh for the classic I doubt he looses that one... but what a race that will be frosted Dortmund honor code and that mare oh what a mare she is beholder nice way to get a w and ride off in the sunset.so he finished 2 .he was tired you can see that wasent his a race but keen ice deserved the win ...
Cougar II spent most of his days at Stud at Stone Farm, right up the street from Claiborne in Paris Kentucky
He lost. stop making excuses. He wasn't the best horse that day. I love AP. Wanna see him in the classic against horses older than 3. See how well he does in a really strong field
Entries came out just a few hours ago for Saturday & Sunday's international races at Veliefendi Racecourse in Turkey. Among the list of European horses that will potentially be making the trek on Saturday or Sunday are: Satuday: International Anatolia Trophy(Polytrack): 1. Grendisar-Marco Botti 2. Tha'ir-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin) 3. Tumbaga-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin)-This horse just recently came to the UK from America. He ran twice on conventional dirt at Santa Anita for Eoin Harty and has since won twice on polytrack since coming to Great Britain. International Istanbul Trophy(Turf)-(Fillies & Mares): 1.Rekdhat-Roger Varian 2.Growing Glory-Francois Rohaut 3. Local Time-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin) 4. Waldnah(Andreas Wohler) Sunday: International Topkapi Trophy(Turf): 1. Nabucco-Ralf Rohne 2.Shifting Power-Richard Hannon, Jr. 3. Toormore-Richard Hannon, Jr. 4. Molly Le Clou-Jens Hirschberger International Bosphorus Cup(Turf): 1.Connecticut-Luca Cumani 2. Windshear-Richard Hannon, Jr. 3. Maftool-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin) 4. Rogue Runner-Andreas Wohler 5. Eric-Christian Von-Der-Recke
Thank you, I have been finding out a lot more info on him. All of this will go in his scrap book that I started back when he was racing. I have a poster of him and the Shoe framed.
American Pharoah will win the BC Classic and go out in style. I'm going to pay a mint to attend but I don't care.

Meet Kevin Kerstein 

Long story short, I took the long road getting involved in the industry. I did not get into horse racing until 2008 when I came to Louisville for college.

I'm originally from outside of Philadelphia and attend college at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Since I was 15 I was involved with working in radio and TV. I first covered horse racing at the 2011 Kentucky Derby and my passion just continues to grow. Let the early mornings begin and the Derby fever heat up as we hit the backside to get the exclusive stories leading up to the first Saturday in May.  

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